― I started out very strong this year. By the end of February, I finished a novel that I had poured my heart into for years. It was a big moment. HUGE. ∙ Around the same time I had been laid off from my job, yet in the beginning I thought, "I doubt I'll be out more than a couple of months. I have nothing to worry about." ∙ Well now I'm worried. ∙ It's now July and it's the five month mark. I've had very few job prospects and despite my good resume and stellar academic record - [...].